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Gubbio, the city of the Ceri

Set at the foothills of Mount Ingino in the north-eastern part of Umbria, Gubbio has a terraced layout.

The ancient origins of the city are testified by the seven bronze tablets known as the Iguvine Tablets, written between the 2nd and 1st century B.C. and housed in the local Civic Museum. They are partly written in the Umbrian language and are considered among the most important documents in Italy.
Significant Roman architectural ruins are the Roman theatre dating back to the 1st century B.C. and the Mausoleum, the remains of a tomb from where you can start your visit. 
Below the residential area, there is the church of San Francesco, built in the mid-13th century in place of the storehouse of the Spadalonga family, who welcomed St. Francis after he renounced his father's wealth.

 Among the frescoes in the church, the most striking are the ones on the left apse, with Stories from Virgin Mary's Life by Ottaviano Nelli (15 th century).
The heart of the town is the medieval piazza Grande, a panoramic terrace with the 13 th century palazzo dei Consoli, seat of the Civic Museum, the palazzo del Podestà built at the sme time, and the Neo-classical palazzo Ranghiasci-Brancaleoni. 



Further up: the palazzo dei Canonici, seat of the Diocesan Museum, with an art collection that retraces the history of the Iguvine Diocese; the cathedral, started at the end of the 12th  century and dedicated to Saints Mariano and Giacomo, whose remains are kept under the high altar; and palazzo Ducale. The latter, commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro between 1475 and 1480 and probably designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, is now a museum. Inside, there is a lovely courtyard where the ancient town hall square used to be.
Do not miss the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, almost at the top of Mount Ingino, which can be reached either on foot with a panoramic yet steep walk or by chairlift. The famous Ceri di Gubbio are kept here. Above the high altar, inside an urn, you can see the body of patron Sant'Ubaldo, who died in 1160.
On your way down, pass by the famous Bargello fountain where, after going round it three times and being "baptised" with its water, you will receive the symbolic "Patente di matto di Gubbio" (a sort of honorary citizenship).

If you want to trace St Francis's footsteps, you must visit the church of the Vittorina (13th century), built where, according to tradition, he encountered the wolf of Gubbio.

Gubbio can be enjoyed year-round: music festivals, the magic of Christmas with the tallest Tree in the world, markets and nativity scenes, the Festa dei Ceri, historical re-enactments, art exhibitions and concerts. Savour local flavours such as the fine truffles and excellent crescia, a flatbread. Find out more about the ancient artisan tradition by visiting studios and workshops; experience all this and much more...

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